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Letter to Fletcher Robinson (article 19 march 1902)

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This article published in The Sketch on 19 march 1902 includes a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle to Bertram Fletcher Robinson about The Hound of the Baskervilles.


The Sketch (19 march 1902, p. 342)

With the first instalment of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Dr. Conan Doyle printed the following notice: "This story owes its inception to my friend, Mr. Fletcher Robinson, who has helped me both in the general plot and in the local details." Mr. Fletcher Robinson is, of course, the well-known and popular journalist of the Daily Express. It was, I believe, Mr. Robinson who related to Dr. Conan Doyle an old Devonshire legend in which a fierce, fire-breathing hound haunted the moors. In order to show that the story is founded on fact, Dr. Doyle has requested his American publishers to substitute the following note for the former acknowledgment—

MY DEAR ROBINSON, — It was your account of a West Country legend which first suggested the idea of this little tale to my mind. For this and for the help which you gave me in its evolution, all thanks. — Yours most truly, A. CONAN DOYLE.